The Weekend Australian - Review - - Theatre - Tim Dou­glas

I had the great plea­sure, cour­tesy of EMI/ Uni­ver­sal, of at­tend­ing the ARIA Awards in Syd­ney on Wed­nes­day night, where coun­try star Kasey Cham­bers was in­ducted into the hall of fame. It was an emo­tional mo­ment for the singer, and it fell to the leg­endary Paul Kelly to do the hon­ours in the only way he knew how: with po­etry. Quoth the great troubadour of Cham­bers: “That real deal old-time coun­try has al­ways led your way. Now, that real deal old-time coun­try has never been one thing. It’s blues and hol­low; it’s high and lone­some; gut-bucket and an an­gel’s wing. Those rivers all run through you, Kasey. High wa­ters, hid­den lakes. And new songs keep pour­ing from you, just like a levy breaks. And all those fires burn fierce in you. Kasey, they’ll never call you tame. And that is why you live right here, in my own hall of fame.” Later Bob Geld­off, who was pre­sent­ing with Keith Ur­ban, also paid trib­ute to the sing- er. Cham­bers, surely one of the most hum­ble and gra­cious fig­ures on the Aus­tralian mu­sic scene, de­served ev­ery mo­ment of adu­la­tion. For to­day’s cover story on pages 8-9, Bron­wyn Wat­son vis­its The Hague, and Tokyo ahead of a spec­tac­u­lar ex­hi­bi­tion in Mel­bourne. The work of MC Escher, the great Dutch graphic artist, is be­ing dis­played and reimag­ined by Ja­pa­nese de­sign stu­dio Nendo at the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria. The fac­toid re­lated by Wat­son about Escher once re­ject­ing a re­quest from Mick Jag­ger is worth the price of ad­mis­sion. En­joy.

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